Reaction to Writing a Paper

Reaction to Writing a Paper

A Chapter by Debbie Barry

An essay about how it feels to write an academic paper. Written for PSY 202: Adult Development and Life Assessment.


Reaction to Writing a Paper

October 14, 2009


Writing a paper feels very familiar and comfortable to me.  I was in a face-to-face college setting last year, where I took composition in the fall semester and composition and analysis in the spring semester, generating about a dozen planned papers, several impromptu papers, and a 30-page thesis paper between the two semesters.  I greatly enjoy writing most of the time, and also write for pleasure.

I have some concerns about adjusting to the APA formatting, as all of my educational experiences to date have included MLA, but keeping Ashford Guide for Academic and Career Success at hand so I can refer to the APA examples will help me adjust to the differences.  My other concern is the need to contain my writing in a maximum number of pages, but practicing succinct writing and minimizing descriptive and explanatory elements in my writing will help me overcome that concern.

© 2017 Debbie Barry

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Debbie Barry
Initial reactions and constructive criticism appreciated.

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Added on November 10, 2017
Last Updated on November 10, 2017
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Debbie Barry
Debbie Barry

Clarkston, MI

I live with my husband in southeastern Michigan with our two cats, Mister and Goblin. We enjoy exploring history through French and Indian War re-enactment and through medieval re-enactment in the So.. more..